This week’s readings were particularly relevant to my project research, so it was exciting to read these having just returned from the [extremely chilly pre-snow] OccupyBoston site. I only got two interviews in before I had to head out (I’ll be returning for more soon), but I think I gained some important insight into the relationship between the “I” and the “We” at Occupy. Mostly, though, the interviews I conducted at Dewey Square got me thinking about the role professionalism and locality play in the success of an anti-establishment movement, and also what a move from fringe to mainstream does to that movement.
When I asked Alex, a member of the OccupyBoston media team, why consensus was necessary, he noted that it was a public-relations problem: no one would listen to the movement if every member had something different to say. He made sure to point out that reaching consensus, however, was “a total cluster-fuck…a serious pain.” I bet it is.